Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan's portrait

Luke is a fifth generation native of Northampton, Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1994 and a juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law in 2005. While at Western New England, Luke served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and published a note on the necessity defense. Luke concentrates his practice in criminal defense at the trial and appellate level and in civil rights litigation. He is cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and has collaborated with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Luke has published articles on the rights of criminal defendants to access internal affairs files in self-defense cases, challenging search warrants in drug cases, and abusive police interrogation practices. He is active in many community organizations over the years including the Performance Project, Out Now, Arise for Social Justice and Springfield No One Leaves. From 2005 to 2007, he clerked for United States District Judge Michael Ponsor.  In 2016, Luke was recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense and began serving on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  That same year, he received the Edward J. Dugan Award for Zealous Advocacy and Outstanding Legal Services to the Poor.  In 2017, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected Luke as one of its Lawyers of the Year.